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Tug-of-War event to help local family


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By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate reporter

Proceeds from Saturday event at Carbon County Fair will go to Oakley Giraud Foundation

With all of the activities set to take place during the Carbon County Fair this weekend, one may have a little more special meaning behind it than the rest.

After the Mud Run on Saturday morning, a Tug-of-War competition will be held on the south side of the Motocross Track near the finish pit. Participants in the event may end up getting a little muddy, especially if they lose, but it's all in the name of having fun as well as helping out a young toddler who was diagnosed with a rare retinal disease.

Oakley Lynn Giraud, born June 5, 2013 to parents Jeremy and Alysa Giraud, was diagnosed by doctors at the age of four months as having Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), which is known as a rare degenerative retinal disease. The disease, according to Alysa, has left Oakley legally blind. The disease has no cure at this time and affects every 1 in 80,000 people. There are an estimated 3,000 people living in the United States who have the disease.

Ryan Peterson, a committee member for the Mud Run, said the group wanted to do the Tug-of-War event just for fun. But when they heard of Oakley's situation, Peterson said the committee wanted to help out the Giraud family. It was decided that proceeds from the event and donations collected during the day will be donated in full to the family to put towards their non-profit foundation, the Oakley Giraud Foundation. The Mud Run Committee will match however much is raised from the Tug-of-War event to present to the Giraud family.

"We heard about Oakley's story through Facebook and we wanted to help out in whatever way we could," Peterson said.

In-and-Out Inspections is helping sponsor the Tug-of-War with prizes including backpacks, duffel bags and beach towels being awarded to the winning teams.

According to Peterson, each team will need five people during the competition and the cost per team is $10.

"The losing teams will hopefully get a little muddy," he said, "and it's for a good cause."

The non-profit Oakley Giraud Foundation will support organizations including The Foundation for Retinal Research and many others with the hope of one day finding a cure for the disease. A page on Facebook was also created and can be found by searching under "Oakley's Odyssey".

For more information about the Tug-of-War event, contact Ryan Peterson at (435) 820-6821.

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